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Just saw that they put up a new wooden fence around the old Mervins area. There are also a couple of bulldozers in the empty lot.

Looks like they might start construction on the outdoor section of the mall soon.

Interesting that they tore down the Olive Garden for more parking space. Perhaps Olive Garden is going to build in the new outdoor mall area.

Anyone know?

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Just saw that they put up a new wooden fence around the old Mervins area. There are also a couple of bulldozers in the empty lot.

Looks like they might start construction on the outdoor section of the mall soon.

Interesting that they tore down the Olive Garden for more parking space. Perhaps Olive Garden is going to build in the new outdoor mall area.

Anyone know?

Olive Garden moved to the HEB shopping center at Bunker Hill.

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Thx for the info. Hadn't noticed they had built over on the other side.

Any info on whether they are starting construction on the old Mervin's site at the mall?

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I heard there's still the fake building facades and the walkway to nowhere, just as it had been in March 2008.

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I heard there's still the fake building facades and the walkway to nowhere, just as it had been in March 2008.

I was there yesterday and all remains the same. In fact, there isn't even a fake building facade at the Mervyns site. It looks pretty bad.

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I am having lunch at the Panera in MC Mall. It looks like they are FINALLY continuing the construction on the bridge, maybe they will work on finishing the rest of it up.

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I am having lunch at the Panera in MC Mall. It looks like they are FINALLY continuing the construction on the bridge, maybe they will work on finishing the rest of it up.

My office is nearby. I haven't seen much of anything change in about a year. It's as if we ate too many "magic" mushrooms and time just stopped. It's a good thing they finished the actual hospital before time stopped. By the way, I've heard from someone on the inside of MetroNational that the company is struggling financially, and the whole thing could possibly implode altogether. We could end up with another partially completed shell of a building. It's a good thing we're growing accustomed to seeing those around Houston. It's not Lebanon, Father. It's the economy.

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My office is nearby. I haven't seen much of anything change in about a year. It's as if we ate too many "magic" mushrooms and time just stopped. It's a good thing they finished the actual hospital before time stopped. By the way, I've heard from someone on the inside of MetroNational that the company is struggling financially, and the whole thing could possibly implode altogether. We could end up with another partially completed shell of a building. It's a good thing we're growing accustomed to seeing those around Houston. It's not Lebanon, Father. It's the economy.

Not true. It drives me nuts on these forums that people keep posting this speculative crap. I've posted many times in this forum on this very subject that there was a problem with the windows in both the Tower and the Hotel. That's why things are moving slow, period.

I've seen people posting that funding was pulled, that Metro National was going belly up, etc. I don't get it. I remember that in a thread about the new condo's going up on the south side of I-10 and Bunker Hill someone was going ballistic about the faux-stucco being used over the entire face of the building when it was painfully clear to anyone that they were simply pulling the parking garage veneer around the front of the building for ascetics. Of course I posted that observation and now one can see I was correct.

I know that forums are built around the principle of speculation but why does everyone err to the negative rather than the positive when we're talking about any project happening outside of the 610 loop?

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I noticed a crane at the Mall side of the walkway over Gessner. Does anyone know what will be built at that connection point with the walkway. Will it be one store? or an additional "wing" with many stores?

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I noticed a crane at the Mall side of the walkway over Gessner. Does anyone know what will be built at that connection point with the walkway. Will it be one store? or an additional "wing" with many stores?

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They're definitely expanding/finishing the pedestrian walkway. No sign of building any addition to the mall yet.

The new brick crosswalks and street prettifications on Gessner are looking really nice. Hopefully the construction barriers leave soon and there are safer places for people to wait for the bus than the gutter of Gessner!

Also, the hotel facade is getting finished as well.

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If that's true that sucks.

It is. I've heard it from people who are working on the hotel across the street. Also, I can see the site very well from the Metro bus I ride by it everday. It's far enough along that you can see the drive through lanes.

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The last thing we need in this area is another bank, that is why it sucks. I would rather them use it for parking space.

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But some banks have free cookies in the lobby. FREE COOKIES!!! I've never seen a parking lot do that.

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I'm not trying to be difficult, but I don't think it's a bank. I'll eat my words if I'm wrong but there was no Safe that I ever saw. When the MetroNational bank went up the safe was visible for weeks. Also, the "drive thru lanes" look more like a very nice overhang to me. Almost like a classy restaurant.

My gut tells me this isn't a bank. Again, I could be wrong but I don't think so.

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I'm not trying to be difficult, but I don't think it's a bank. I'll eat my words if I'm wrong but there was no Safe that I ever saw. When the MetroNational bank went up the safe was visible for weeks. Also, the "drive thru lanes" look more like a very nice overhang to me. Almost like a classy restaurant.

My gut tells me this isn't a bank. Again, I could be wrong but I don't think so.

I guess I could be wrong. It appears to have drive through lanes on the north side and I can see what looks like the pneumatic tube system being placed in the ground near them. I'll try to take a photo this week. I get a really good view of it from the bus since it's higher than a regular car.

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Reminds me of the corner of Winrock and San Felipe... they tore down a series of apartments and built 1 CVS and 4 banks, three of which are next to each other. Simply stupid and adds nothing to the area.

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Reminds me of the corner of Winrock and San Felipe... they tore down a series of apartments and built 1 CVS and 4 banks, three of which are next to each other. Simply stupid and adds nothing to the area.

Ha ha, I worked at one of those you're talking about years ago when they went up. I could see the another branch of my bank from the drive thru window and with banks changing hands that bank now has three on that corner. As soon as all those banks started going up, that was the end of the industry. And yet they continue to go up...no one learns. They are useless.

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I use one of those banks all the time. It added something to the area for me. I was also glad to see the crummy apartments go.

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I can't believe no one has picked up on the fact that a Cheesecake Factory is going up in place of the old department store on the west side. That's where the skywalk from the hospital/hotel will connect.

So there's your Memorial City Mall construction news for the month.....

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I can't believe no one has picked up on the fact that a Cheesecake Factory is going up in place of the old department store on the west side. That's where the skywalk from the hospital/hotel will connect.

So there's your Memorial City Mall construction news for the month.....

LOL. Thanks.

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So I lied, I have additional news.

The Cheesecake factory construction is also including an addition of a second floor on top of the existing locker rooms next to the ice rink. I've been told there will be a bar/observation area up there.

If it does turn out to be a bar, there are going to be a lot of happy adult hockey league participants!

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They are installing escalators from the second story of the new Cheesecake Factory addition to the ground floor just to the south of the ice rink (near the CA Pizza Kitchen). Obviously someone is expecting significant traffic flow from the hospital/hotel crossing.

Now if they'd just finish up whatever they're doing to the plumbing and get the locker room hot water back on I'd be pleased.

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They are installing escalators from the second story of the new Cheesecake Factory addition to the ground floor just to the south of the ice rink (near the CA Pizza Kitchen). Obviously someone is expecting significant traffic flow from the hospital/hotel crossing.

Now if they'd just finish up whatever they're doing to the plumbing and get the locker room hot water back on I'd be pleased.

I just saw a hotel sign on the bldg, Westin? Anyway, that new hospital redevelopment/ new construction is beautifully done, on the inside.

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Yep, it's a Westin. Never been inside, but I hatehatehate the outside facade of that hospital. What the heck IS that thing, a spaceship?????

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Westin opening is scheduled for March.

Cheesecake Factory is up and running. And they have at least 50 valet spots roped off on the west side of the parking lot. Woe to the ice rink users who attempt to park nearby during mall business hours. There are some very unhappy hockey parents at Mem. City at the moment.

The walls of second floor addition to the rink that connects to the sky walk are currently lined with really creepy fake storefront designs. I don't know what the plans are for that space, but the fake stores have got to go. Let kids paint murals or something. Right now all I think about when I look up there is the marketplace from "Total Recall".

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There are two tower cranes in the area between the Cemex building and Specs near Bunker Hill Road. Does anyone know what's going up there?

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There are two tower cranes in the area between the Cemex building and Specs near Bunker Hill Road. Does anyone know what's going up there?

The second office building.

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There are two tower cranes in the area between the Cemex building and Specs near Bunker Hill Road. Does anyone know what's going up there?

RIP Specs. Bunker Hill location closing in early September.

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RIP Specs. Bunker Hill location closing in early September.

Really?

Booze sale? I'll drive up there for that!

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Really?

Booze sale? I'll drive up there for that!

Nope. Shipping everything, as we speak, to other locations.

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Nope. Shipping everything, as we speak, to other locations.

Aw man!

You'd figure it would be a little more cost effective to have a sale.

Then again, that might cannibalize sales from the other spec stores.

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I've heard that the apartments/condos? with the trees painted on the garage was 1 of two buildings they were supposed to build, and that the second half was to cover the exposed side that got painted...which makes sense. Hopefully the construction you're talking about is the 2nd tower! Now if only there was a tower that could be built in front of that Westin to block the view of that ugly hotel :/

The second office building.

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I've heard that the apartments/condos? with the trees painted on the garage was 1 of two buildings they were supposed to build, and that the second half was to cover the exposed side that got painted...which makes sense. Hopefully the construction you're talking about is the 2nd tower! Now if only there was a tower that could be built in front of that Westin to block the view of that ugly hotel :/

I've heard the same thing. I heard the same people who own Memorial City Mall own those apartments and own that empty lot and the plan was to make more apartments/condos. Those apartments were going from 3000-8000 a month.

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I figured there would be some talk about this on here! It sure is going to be another office building. From what I am told it is going to be a mirror of the cemex building (14 stories) and it will be attached by walkway to the apartments garage (just like the other building is as well). I didn't realize the spec's was going away, but I do know that the new building will have a Bunker Hill address. It will also be situated a bit further back than the current office building so that the apartment views are not completely stolen. If you haven't seen the view from the penthouse up there on what now WAS the good corner, it was amazing!

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Spec's was standing this morning, but is now a pile of rubble this evening! I believe this will be the new driveway for the building.

Cool thanks for the updates. The new "Think outside the loop" billboard is pretty badass that they just put up.

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Does anyone know what the new addition is near Cheesecake Factory? They have cleared the oak trees and taken down the fake tarp.

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